North Texas Performing Arts offers Academy Classes for students age 2-18. Our classes are taught by extraordinary directors, actors and singers who have worked everywhere from Broadway to L.A.
At NTPA, we believe that theatre changes lives. We strive to teach all of our students not only how to act, sing or dance, but also how to be better human beings. All students who participate in our programs will be taught the 10 Characters of North Texas Performing Arts.
STARters – Ages 2-4
Our STARters classes focus on introducing preschool children to the performing arts while learning valuable life skills that will carry them into their school age years and beyond. With two core classes, children can explore creativity, which is an intrinsic part of human nature. We learn, imitate, change, and adapt from and to the world around us. The arts afford opportunities to use that creativity and apply it to other areas of life, such as cognitive, social, emotional, senses, and motor movement.
Rising Stars – Ages 5-10
In our Rising Stars classes, young performers will learn theatrical and life skills in a safe and supportive environment. Students ages 5-7 can participate in our Mini Musicals, a perfect introduction to theatre with a shortened script and 6-week rehearsal process. Students age 8-10 have the chance to dive a little deeper in our Elementary Production Classes, which incorporate script writing, set design, choreography, and more!
Academy – Ages 10-18
The Academy is our training program for students age 10-18, and includes specialty classes in acting, stage combat, tech theatre, dance and more! Our Academy students benefit from the knowledge and guidance of experienced professionals who have performed and taught in some of the most well known theatres and film stages around the United States. Our Academy classes continue to focus on developing life skills that can guide students through their journey to college, professional work, and adult life.
Students who are committed to pursuing the performing arts can apply for the Academy Conservatory, a rigorous and comprehensive educational and experiential learning model in which students can earn a two-year or four-year certification in a variety of performing arts disciplines.
Starcatchers – Students and Adults with Special Needs
The Starcatchers program is designed specifically for children and adults with special needs. In this program, students are given opportunities to shine through drama, music, dance, and visual art. These opportunities range from large theatre productions to intimate art classes and further the development of social, communication, motor, and cognitive skills.
Not only can a student’s involvement in the arts strongly impact these areas of his or her life, but it can also have an impact on the community. What makes the Starcatchers program unique is not just the work with children and adults with special needs, but its relational approach to the work. Each student is paired with a trained intern, who assists their development through rehearsals and shadows them during performances. In addition to fostering personal confidence and creativity, the Starcatchers work to foster collective compassion and empathy. There are no disabilities in making art.